Jiri Vondra - Photo"Throughout the territories of every civilized nation, wherever human language is known, or commerce has markets, the electric wires which web the world in a network of throbbing life utter their voices in all varied tongues ..."

A writer in 1878 describing the effects of the telegraph.

I used this quote many years ago when I was writing university paper about the influence of the Internet on global communications and trade. It was in mid 90s when this medium was known mostly only by people working in academia and the above was more a vision than reality.

I saw huge commercial potential of internet technologies and felt that the building of this new bridge that would allow people from all around the world to exchange information in faster and much more efficient way is something that I really want to do. The introduction of the Internet on wireless devices such as mobile phones that made the access available almost anywhere and to anyone made me even more sure that this brand new industry is heading in the right direction. I joined the community of freelance web designers and developers that were trying to set up first czech internet-based businesses and projects and after graduation I started working as an internet consultant, web designer and developer. Late 90s were the years of big dot-com boom and I was lucky being one of those that got a chance to be part of this roller coaster and experience its ups and downs ...

I got a contract in the United States and moved there for a while. I worked as a web designer, developer and systems analyst for the department of Texas Army National Guard in Austin, TX. I was implementing public web site and the intranet for Environmental Engineering Branch and later participated in the database modeling of new environmental management system and the development of application interfaces.

Austin is famous for its high-tech "Silicon Hills" as well as excellent "Live Music Capitol of the World" culture and during dot-com boom it was one of the most exciting places to live. I joined the founders of a small dot-com company Digitall Music and helped them to launch music portal that was supporting local independent artists, cultural events and related businesses. The awesome atmosphere of start-up dot-com as well as new experience with the latest technologies have been the most awarding for my help with web development. Like several thousands of others at that time we were working hard, trying to build our dream and attract venture capital. I returned back to Europe after the turndown in the economy in 2001 with a desire to continue and explore other parts of the world.

A few months later I got a new contract, moved to New Zealand and started working as an application developer for HortResearch in Auckland. I was involved in various projects and roles and had opportunity to get hands-on experience with very wide range of commercial and open source technologies and products. I was responsible for the development of web-based solutions for company's clients, internal and external websites, databases, system integration and implementation of document management and collaboration solutions.

In 2007 I moved to Switzerland and joined Google in Z├╝rich as a senior developer and technical lead responsible for the design and development of web applications, enterprise tools, business process automation, systems integration and technical program management.

Currently, I'm working as a partner technology manager overseeing the technical execution and business operations of Google's product partnerships, architecting solutions for data integrations and scaling of product support, performing implementation reviews, evangelizing new product features, and ensuring the prompt and proper resolution of technical challenges.

In my free time I like to travel and explore the world. I'm interested in different cultures, architecture, design, arts, music, movies and sports.

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